Category: Life Lessons

Chris Lovejoy

Money Recently I have found myself thinking a lot about money. I want more of it. And no, I don’t want to buy a fancy car or the latest iPhone. I believe there is some truth in the trope “mo’ money, mo’ problems” (as well as in the retort “but I’d still rather do my…

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What makes this book stand out is a combination of the environment that lead to its creation (being based on experiences in Nazi Concentration Camps sets the precedent for a more than interesting story) as well as the unique and inspirational insights that the author, Viktor Frankl, is able to draw from it. After describing…

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A system for regulating inputs and outputs Everything that we do (from a productive point of view) can be divided into input or output. Input is receiving the ideas of others. Studying is input. Reading is input. Listening to others is input. Output is creation. Writing a blog is output. Brainstorming solutions to a problem is…

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Part 1 of a 2-part series We always want to feel like we are making progress. We strive to become ‘the strongest version of ourselves’. We want to feel that we are going in the right direction. As part of this, we often spend time comparing our present selves to our past selves: Do I procrastinate…

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Lower your activation energy, so that periods of productivity and clarity can lead to even greater results Our levels of thinking fluctuate. Some days our brains will fire off great ideas in all direction, on others we want nothing more than to switch off and forget any of our grand ambitions. This is always going to…

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How to stick to things without needing to try.   Sticking to commitments — my experience I have been gyming on and off for the last five years but never really maintained the consistency required to reach the goals that I want. I’ve tried many different approaches; buying myself rewards for going to the gym, only allowing myself…

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We are holding each other back “wow, you’re working so hard. Don’t you think you should take a break?” Some variant on this is common advice today. If we see friends or colleagues working hard, it is often our instinctual response to utter this phrase. And while it’s certainly true the stress and overworking ourselves can…

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My writing journey so far For a long time I wanted to write, but I was too worried what people would think and never quite found the time. Finally, I plucked up the courage. I started a blog and have posted >50 articles in the last year. Unfortunately, my writing kinda sucked. I didn’t have all…

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Two fundamental ingredients for success Let’s say you want to be great at a particular sport. How do you approach it? Certainly, a fundamental requirement is practice. “10,000 hours” and all that. What else? If you only ever practiced by yourself, it’s unlikely you’d excel beyond a certain point. So the second requirement is some sort…

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Pursue your interests with passion Right now, I want to write. This may change in a few years, a few weeks or even at the end of this post. I might decide it’s a waste of time, that it’s too embarrassing or too narcissistic. That the pros are outweighed by the cons. Part of me hopes…